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School of the Built Environment

Dr Yingchun Ji

Lecturer in Building Physics & Performance Simulation


I joined the University of Salford in September 2010 as a Lecturer of Building Services and Performance Simulations at the School of Built Environment. The teaching responsibilities of my role are the deliveries of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the subject areas of building services, physics, performance simulations, sustainable building design, as well as the broad concept of sustainability in the built environment.

Previously, from late 2001, I studied at De Montfort University for my PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of Displacement Natural Ventilation of Buildings, and then worked there for 5 years as Research Fellow, during the time I carried out a number of research projects, i.e.

  • Building ventilation modelling using Large Eddy Simulations.
  • Dynamic thermal simulations for the design of healthcare building in which future weather data were used to investigate their potential impacts on the current design criteria.
  • Time dependent ventilation flow modelling for a single space with a localised heat source, collaborated with Dr Nigel Kaye, from Dept. Civil Engineering, Clemson University, USA. 
  • Advanced natural ventilation modelling for a new low-energy building design in Hangzhou, south China. Both CFD and dynamic thermal simulation tools were used to conduct the investigation.
  • Evaluation of eddy viscosity turbulence models for modelling differentially heated air cavities, initiative research.
  • Numerical investigations for double skin façades and building ventilation related applications, collaboration with Loughborough University.


Programmes/modules taught so far:

  • HND  – Building Service & Science
  • UG – Sustainable Design & Construction, BS Discipline Project 1, MDP3, MDP2, Dissertation supervision
  • PG – Low Carbon Building Design/Sustainable Building Design programme, Building Performance Simulation module, Smart Design and Performance Simulation, Sustainable Design Theory & Practice

Research Interests

My areas of research include: Natural and hybrid ventilation design and modelling, dynamic thermal modelling of buildings, and low carbon building design and consultancy, building retrofit. These areas of research feed well into the teaching practices.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BSc in Engineering of Refrigeration and Cryogenics (Distinction)  - 1997
  • PhD in Building Physics - 2005
  • PGCert - Higher Education Teaching & Learning in Academic Practices - 2012
  • FHEA – since 2012
  • MCIBSE – since 2010
  • CEng – since 2010


Ji Y, Zhang Y, Korolija I & Futcher J. ‘Design summer year weather – outdoor warmth ranking metrics and their numerical verification’. Building Serv. Eng. Res. Technol. 37(6), pp 639-663. 2016.

Ji Y. ‘CFD Modelling of Natural Convection in Air Cavities’, Journal of CFD letters, 6(1), pp.15-31. 2014

Ji Y, Fitton R, Swan W & Webster P. ‘Assessing overheating of the UK existing dwellings – A case study of replica Victorian end terrace house’, Building & Environment 77, pp 1-11. 2014

Kaye NB, Flynn M, Cook M & Ji Y, ‘The role of diffusion on the interface thickness in a ventilated filing box’, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 652, pp. 195-205, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Ji Y, Lomas KJ & Cook MJ. “Hybrid ventilation for low energy building design in south China”, Building & Environment, 44(11), 2245-2255, 2009, ISBN 0360-1323.

Lomas KJ & Ji Y, “Resilience of naturally ventilated buildings to climate change: Advanced natural ventilation and hospital wards”, Energy & Buildings, 41(6), 629-653, 2009, ISSN 0378-7788.

Kaye NB, Ji Y and Cook MJ. “Numerical simulation of transient flow development in a naturally ventilated room”, Building & Environment, 44(5), 889-897, 2009.

Ji Y, Cook MJ, Hanby VI, Infield DG, Loveday DL and Mei L. "CFD modelling of naturally ventilated double-skin facades with venetian blinds", Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 1 (3), 185-196, 2008.

Hanby VI, Cook MJ, Infield DG, Ji Y, Loveday DL, Mei L, and Holmes MJ. “Nodal network and CFD simulation of airflow and heat transfer in double skin facades with blinds” Building Services Engineering Research & Technology (BSERT), 29 (1), 45-59, 2008.

Ji Y and Cook MJ, “Numerical studies of displacement natural ventilation in multi-storey buildings connected to an atrium”, BSERT, 28 (3), 207-222, 2007.

Ji Y, Cook MJ and Hanby V, “Modelling of displacement natural ventilation in an enclosure connected to an atrium”, Building & Environment, 42 (3), 1158 - 1172, 2007.

Cook MJ, Ji Y and Hunt GR, “CFD modelling of natural ventilation: combined wind and buoyancy forces”, International Journal of Ventilation, 1 (3), 169-180, 2003.